Videos Spotlight Women Who Brought the New INFINITI QX60 to Life

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To create an SUV that can adapt to the demands of a career, family life, and recreation, INFINITI called upon a team of skilled female designers and engineers to bring the 2022 QX60 to life. To document their hard work and talent, INFINITI created a four-part short film series, “The Voices of QX60: Meet the Women Who Powered the All-New QX60.”

In this series, the leading ladies of the QX60 design team discuss how their personal experiences helped them create the sophisticated luxury SUV. INFINITI Color Designer Sayuri Nakashima drew upon her Japanese heritage to craft the QX60’s Zen-like interior design and serene color choices. When working on creating a vehicle that’s suited to both a career and family life, Trisha Jung considered her busy lifestyle as the Director for Pricing and Incentives and Model Line Management.

Durability Test Engineer Heather Kniep utilized her passion for cars and her expert engineering skills to refine the QX60’s new all-wheel-drive technology. Senior Design Manager Michelle Christensen led the project by finding inspiration in the innovative QX60 Monograph concept.

You can watch “The Voices of QX60” on the official INFINITI YouTube channel and on the brand’s various social channels. Come see what these designers and engineers created by test-driving the 2022 INFINITI QX60 at INFINITI Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

2021 INFINITI Q50 Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

2021 INFINITI Q50 Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award | Toronto, ON

For 25 years, AutoPacific has been measuring the satisfaction of vehicle owners through survey responses and awarding the top models. After an annual survey involving nearly 90,000 owners, the INFINTII Q50 has won a 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the Standard Luxury Car category.

“We are honored to have the Q50 win this AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award,” said Jeff Pope, Group Vice President of INFINITI Americas. “For model-year 2021, our sports sedan is fueled for passionate drivers looking for something as distinctive as they are. We are proud and honored to have the Q50 recognized by its owners.”

The AutoPacific VSAs measure 36 individual attributes of vehicle owner satisfaction, including interior design, seating comfort, usability, and driving performance. The Q50 sedan had the best scores among its competitors in 27 of the 36 attributes. Owners specifically praised the 2021 Q50 for its thrilling V6 engine, front seat comfort, safety ratings, and reliability.

Standout standard features on the Q50 include rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a Wi-Fi® hotspot, illuminated USB ports. Safety systems like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and a Rear View Monitor are also standard features.

It’s no surprise to us that the new Q50 has won this award. You can see what owners are talking about when you visit our team for a test drive at INFINITI Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

INFINITI Unveils QX60 Monograph Concept

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INFINITI has given us a glimpse into the future. The premium carmaker recently unveiled the INFINITI QX60 Monograph concept, presenting an even more upscale and advanced exterior design for the brand’s three-row luxury SUV.

“The QX60 Monograph embodies the Japanese concept of ‘Ma,’ a sense of minimalism where designers seek harmony, adding just the right amount of elements with very specific meaning to create something special,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design.

Designers widened the Monograph’s stance, made the shoulder line higher and more pronounced to raise the vehicle’s visual center of gravity, and gave the greenhouse a more open look. A raked roof, muscular fenders atop large alloy wheels, and a longer wheelbase give the Monograph an especially action-oriented attitude. Platinum body paint contrasts with a black roof and creates a dramatic, shadowy effect.

Up front, the grille mesh is inspired by origami, while the panoramic roof features “kimono fold” patterning. The front and rear headlamps flaunt a “Digital Piano Key” design that incorporates an illuminated INFINITI emblem.

The Monograph is just a concept vehicle for now, but its regular QX60 sibling is built to impress as well — and it’s available for you to test-drive right here at INFINITI Downtown in Toronto.

 

Toronto Parks You Should Explore This Weekend

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Are you ready for some outdoor fun? Luckily, Toronto is filled to the brim with green spaces for you to visit. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and take in the beauty of nature at these outstanding Toronto parks.  

 

Toronto Island Park

Hop on a ferry and experience over 600 acres of natural beauty on the Toronto Islands. This park, which stretches across a group of 15 islands, will not only help you forget about any stress you’re feeling at the moment, but it will also give you a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline. Explore the beaches, check out the trails, and enjoy the Franklin Children’s Garden as you socially distance.

 

High Park

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning High Park. As the largest public park in the city, this option has a number of hiking trails, sports fields, playgrounds, and more. You can take a stroll by the lake, enjoy the Cherry Blossoms if it’s the right time of year, or simply sit and have a picnic.

 

Rouge Park

Just outside of the city limits lies Rouge Park, a well-kept secret. This green space feels far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, making it a peaceful getaway for city dwellers. It has the opportunity for a number of outdoor pursuits, whether you’re looking to head out on a hike or simply want to swim in the lake.

 

Here at INFINITI Downtown, we love taking part in Toronto’s bountiful outdoor offerings — and we encourage you to do the same!

Canadian Museums You Can Explore Online

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Throughout Canada, people are staying at home to stay safe. If you find yourself missing in-person visits to our country’s amazing museums, here’s a roundup of online museum tours that you can enjoy from your home.

 

Art Gallery of Ontario

Brush up on your favourite artists at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This museum’s entire collection is available online, allowing you to search for specific paintings and artists. You can even check out multiple exhibits that AGO is hosting, including the incredible Boxwood Project.

 

Canadian War Museum

Discover new information about formative wars in our history at the Canadian War Museum. You can even check out the War of 1812 exhibit, which not only goes in-depth into the war, but also highlights four perspectives of it: Canadian, British, American, and Indigenous.

 

Canadian Museum of History

Learn about the Canada of the past at the Canadian Museum of History. This museum has a number of available exhibits to check out, including Inuit prints from Cape Dorset in Nunavut and a clickable playhouse that allows you to see old Canadian children’s toys. You can even get a closer look at the “Morning Star” painting from Alex Janvier on the museum’s ceiling. Your online options in this museum are seemingly endless.

 

These virtual museum outings are a great way to get your culture fix from the safety of home. And if you need to buy a new vehicle from home, too, we’re set up to help you do just that here at INFINITI Downtown in Toronto.

INFINITI Carigami Models Offer At-Home Fun

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Finding ways to stay entertained when you can’t leave the house isn’t always easy. INFINITI is looking to help out, though, with its newest release: INFINITI Carigami.

Carigami combines the brand’s elegant designs and Japanese-inspired craftsmanship to provide you with origami-like designs that you can print off at home and create yourself. There are three INFINITI models that you can choose from, each produced in a 1:27 scale — the Q50 sedan, QX80 SUV, and iconic FX crossover.

“In this unprecedented time where citizens of the world are doing their part to fight COVID-19 by staying at home, we wanted to develop something that will help ease the boredom, while having a bit of fun,” said Phil York, General Manager of INFINITI Global Brand and Marketing. “Our hope is that lovers of cars and crafts alike will enjoy Carigami.”

These Carigami models are part of the brand’s Park It For Now campaign. To complete these unique models, all you need is a printer, paper, craft knife, and glue.

With these model templates, the brand hopes to encourage people around the world to not only stay at home, but also find their artistic sides and try something new to help fight COVID-19.

To download the INFINITI Carigami templates, click here. To learn more about the brand’s real-life models, check out our inventory here at INFINITI Downtown in Toronto.

3 Service Tips for When Your Car Sits Idle

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If you leave your vehicle parked for long periods of time, make sure you’re taking steps to keep it in smooth working order. As your car sits idle, following these three tips will help you maintain your ride’s drivability for when you’re ready to resume normal trips.

Take care of your tires. Cars that remain in one spot for a long time are at danger of flat spotting. Flat spotting is when the weight of your vehicle flattens the rubber of your tire, and it can occur when your car sits inactive for a long period of time. Regularly check your tires and tire pressure, and occasionally drive your vehicle around the block to prevent this from happening.

Protect your car’s exterior. Drivers without garages need to take special care to take care of their car’s exteriors when the car is sitting idle. These vehicles will likely accumulate debris and dirt, including bird droppings and tree sap. This can cause issues with your paint job in the future, so if your car is sitting outside, invest in a waterproof car cover.

Don’t forget about your battery. Batteries can lose their charge over time if the vehicle isn’t driven, so make sure you don’t have to jumpstart your car when you use it next. Plug your battery into a battery tender or disconnect it entirely to save yourself from a dead battery.

If your vehicle needs repairs or service after sitting for a lengthy period of time, bring it to INFINITI Downtown in Toronto and we’ll help you get it back in good shape.

INFINITI Qs Inspiration Concept Car Makes National Debut

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As part of INFINITI’s move toward a more electrified lineup, the brand recently introduced the INFINITI Qs Inspiration concept car. This model made its national debut at the 2020 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.

Based on a sports sedan body, the INFINITI Qs Inspiration concept car combines an elevated driving position and top-notch performance with an all-electric powertrain. It also comes equipped with an all-wheel-drive system and has a new body style.

Its cabin is minimalist, combining design and craftsmanship to help it stand out. Its two distinct zones are obvious. The first zone is the cockpit, which remains clutter-free to keep the driver engaged with the road; the second zone is the passenger area, which focuses on relaxation and offering ample space.

The Qs Inspiration Concept is a sign of things to come for INFINITI, which plans to offer five new models over the next five years, including three electrified vehicles.

“The Qs Inspiration Concept precedes a new-generation electrified production model from INFINITI, one of a series of advanced-powertrain road cars to be launched in the years ahead,” said Adam Paterson, managing director of INFINITI Canada. “Electrification presents an opportunity to reinvent the INFINITI brand globally through high-performance, low-emission models which offer a thrilling drive experience and total range confidence.”

The first of INFINITI’s new production models will be the QX55, expected to arrive next year. While not an EV, the QX55 will give customers at INFINITI Downtown and throughout Canada a new option for a sporty, coupe-like SUV.

Try These Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Spring Car Cleaning Tips | Toronto, ON

The cold of winter is finally going away, which means it’s time to think about the fresh start that the new season provides. If you’re not sure where you should start, why not give your car a cleaning? Here are some spring car cleaning tips to get your ride looking like new.

Scrub it up. Winter can damage your car’s exterior, whether it’s coatings of ice or excessive road salt grime on your paint job. Start your spring cleaning with your car’s exterior, giving it a good scrubbing. Make sure you don’t forget your car’s undercarriage, since road salt can cause it to rust over time. Use tire-cleaning spray on your tires. Afterward, wipe your vehicle down with a clean microfiber towel so you don’t leave streaks behind.

De-clutter the interior. No one wants to clean their car when it’s freezing out, which is why your interior likely has more litter inside than normal. Bag up all of this winter trash and give your cabin a vacuuming as well.

Don’t forget about your floor mats. Dried mud, leftover snow sludge, and rock salt can do a number on your floor mats, so pay extra attention to them while you’re cleaning. Take them out and use carpet cleaner if you have carpet mats. If your floor mats are rubber, wipe them down with warm soapy water and hose them off.

Once you’ve cleaned your car for spring, you may also need to bring it in for scheduled maintenance. Contact our service department at INFINITI Downtown to learn how we can help.

2020 INFINITI QX50 Wins Consumer Guide ‘Best Buy’ Award

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It looks like the 2020 INFINITI QX50 is making a name for itself. For the second year in a row, the QX50 has been named a 2020 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award winner in the premium compact crossover/SUV category.

“We are honoured to have won the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award for the second year in the row,” said Jeff Pope, Group Vice President of INFINITI Americas. “This award shows that our planners, designers, and engineers understand what consumers want year over year and we are proud to deliver that with the QX50.”

To determine the winners of these awards, Consumer Guide test-drove more than 150 new vehicles. The QX50 stood out with its exceptionally stylish design, efficient powertrain, and advanced technologies.

Each QX50 model boasts standard tech like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, dual touch-screen displays, and the next-generation InTouch infotainment system. Available safety systems include Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, ProPILOT Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The QX50 presents a versatile interior with a sliding rear bench seat, a panoramic moonroof, and a driver-oriented layout. Under the hood, the innovative 2.0-liter VC-Turbo provides an outstanding mix of efficiency and responsiveness.

Visit INFINITI Downtown to learn more about the award-winning 2020 INFINITI QX50 and take it out for a test drive.